Inspiralba was established in 2009 as a charitable enterprise to assist community based organisations to turn their ideas and aspirations in to robust, sustainable business activities. Profits generated are reinvested, either through in kind support or match funding for business development or project activities.
There is a huge amount of passion, energy and determination within rural communities to address needs and issues. Turning ideas in to reality and taking business growth forward can be challenging, with organisations often working flat out to ensure sustainability.
Inspiralba provide a range of services, to assist organisations to build resilience and income which in turn delivers a range of environmental, social and economic benefits for communities across Argyll and Bute. Our services include:
Inspiralba are fortunate to work along side some inspiring individuals and organisations. The range and diversity of business activities being delivered by Social Enterprises continues to grow and includes: Housing, Employment and Training. Childcare, Youthwork and Education. Cinema, Arts and Heritage activities. Reuse Shops, Community Fuel, Community Store and Post Office, Harbour and Marina Services. Community Garden, Local Produce, Catering, Bunkhouse and Hotels. Recycling Services, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Activities. Sports, Outdoor and Leisure Services. Community Newspaper and Radio. Property and Land Management.
Jim Paterson, Tarbert and Skipness Community Trust
InspirAlba operates as a social enterprise and has been able to reinvest in its charitable objectives over the past year through the provision of match funding for projects and in kind support, including:
A Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in Scotland: 360204 Scottish Charity Number: SC040666
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After 2 days of learning & visits with rural representatives, today the project team work on further planning for the #ViSENet @EUErasmusPlus for learning resources and network to support rural social enterprise #rural #SocEnt #learning #community #networking @ScotRuralAction https://t.co/bjko2UpReV